The Department of East Asian Studies in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Alberta invites applications for Assistant Professor in Korean Studies (tenure-track, starting July 1, 2016).

Applicants for this position are expected to have in hand a PhD degree in Korean Studies or a related field, such as Literature or Cultural Studies with a focus on Korea. Period and specialization are open, but research/teaching expertise in translation studies and contemporary popular culture will be assets for the position. Applicants must be fluent in the Korean language, be capable of offering advanced courses in Korean and be able to publish research findings in English.

The successful candidate will assume a leadership role in advancing Korean Studies courses and programs at the University of Alberta, and of representing the university in international venues. A research profile commensurate with employment in a highly ranked research-intensive university and relevant teaching experience or promise of superior teaching ability are also expected. Enthusiasm for teaching within and beyond the area of PhD specialization, including introductory courses on East Asia, and for teaching and supervising graduate students is expected.

Financial support for this position has been generously provided by the Korea Foundation. Participation in the preparation of annual reports for the Korea Foundation is an expectation for the position.

The University of Alberta has earned a reputation as one of the leading universities in Canada based on strengths in teaching, research and service. The University of Alberta welcomes over 39,000 students in more than 400 undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs (

The Faculty of Arts ( is the oldest and most diverse faculty on campus, and one of the largest research and teaching centres in western Canada. The University’s main campus is located in Edmonton, Alberta’s capital city. The Edmonton metropolitan area is the sixth largest in Canada, with a population of approximately one million (

Courses on East Asia have been offered regularly at the University of Alberta since 1961, making our program one of the oldest in Western Canada. Originally founded in 1981, the Department of East Asian Studies ( has twelve faculty members in East Asian literature, culture and linguistics and employs another twenty contract instructors in a typical year. The Department offers four-year language programs and related classes in each of Japanese, Chinese and Korean, teaching approximately 2,500 undergraduate students each year. It also enrols students from across the world in its popular MA program. Seeking to add to our current Korean course offerings and faculty, which include courses in Korean language and a faculty lecturer dedicated to teaching and administering them, the department is eager to welcome a Korea specialist who can help us sustain our growth.

The position includes a full range of benefits. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications in accordance with the Faculty Agreement: 

Applicants should arrange for three letters of reference on institutional letterhead to be sent to the attention of Dr. Mikael Adolphson, Chair, Department of East Asian Studies.  Letters should be submitted via email to: (use “Korea Search” in subject line). Review of applications will begin on October 5, 2015.  

Apply online through the following link.

The search committee is seeking to hold on campus interviews in November. Further inquiries concerning this position may be directed to the Chair at; tel. (780) 492-492-2836; fax (780) 492-7440.

Business Address:

Department of East Asian Studies
3-31 Pembina Hall
University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB, Canada, T6G 2H8